Born in Upstate New York and raised in Minneapolis, SFV Board Member Jamie Rosenberg is proud to call Appleton home.
He and his wife, Althea, enjoy being good stewards of their historic home, their neighborhood, and the broader community.
“It is what you make it,” Jamie said.
He’s doing what he can to make it good. Friends with his neighbors, active in his neighborhood association, and serving on the SFV board are all ways Jamie exemplifies the value he places on community.
The Voice, which is the name of the neighborhood association where he lives, started in 2006. Since then, crime abated, neighbors reclaimed Arbutus Park and hold three events there each summer, landlords found good reasons to maintain rental properties, and, most recently, a community garden was established at St. Therese Parish.
With so many successes in his neighborhood, Jamie’s leadership drew the attention of Neighborhood Project Coordinator Julie Filapek, and she recommended Jamie to the SFV board.
“I jumped at the chance,” Jamie said. “Sustainable Fox Valley fills a strong need in its ability to work in the strategic overlap. By facilitating partnerships, we can pick up where missions from other organizations end.”
As fate would have it, Jamie came to the SFV board as members were discussing refining the organization’s strategic plan. With a professional background in strategic planning, he currently is leading the board’s effort to ensure SFV is, itself, sustainable.
Finding the time to be proactive, organize projects with others, and give back to the community can be challenging. But, as Jamie experiences every day, making the time is rewarding.
“It’s at the grassroots level that we create community, economic security, and environmental sustainability,” he said.
We’ll bring you more board-member profiles in the future, so you can know not only what SFV is doing and why, but who is behind the leadership decisions the organization is making.